LOWER DARBY CREEK AREA
DARBY TWP, PA
On this page:
- About the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative
- Redevelopment at the Site
- Economic Activity at the Site
About the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative
This nationally coordinated effort provides EPA and its partners with a process to return Superfund sites to productive use. Learn more at Superfund Redevelopment Initiative.
Redevelopment at the Site
The Lower Darby Creek Area Superfund Site is located along Darby Creek in Philadelphia and Delaware Counties, Pennsylvania. The site consists of two landfills: the Clearview Landfill and the Folcroft Landfill. The landfills operated from the 1950s until the 1970s accepting municipal, demolition and hospital wastes. Site operators placed wastes and landfill material along the edges of the creek. The landfill contaminated surrounding creeks and wetlands through surface erosion, runoff and seeps. EPA placed the Site on the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 2001. EPA selected a cleanup plan for the Clearview Landfill Soils and Waste part of the Site in September 2001. Businesses operating on the Clearview Landfill part of the Site will be relocated as part of the cleanup. EPA is working with potentially responsible parties (PRPs) to conduct site investigations and studies for the Folcroft Landfill portion of the Site. EPA is also conducting human health and ecological risk assessments for the aquatic portions of the site. Today, several businesses operate on the southern end of the Clearview Landfill including a trash hauling business, an asphalt paving business, an auto repair and a metal salvage business. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service currently manages the Folcroft Landfill portion of the Site as part of the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. As part of cleanup planning, EPA supported community based reuse planning efforts. The first phase of reuse planning identified reuse goals and potential future uses for the site, including reuse options to support a regional recreational greenway along Lower Darby Creek. EPA is planning to conduct more reuse evaluations for the Clearview Landfill as part of the cleanup design process.
Economic Activity at the Site
As of December 2017, EPA had data on 3 on-site businesses. These businesses employed 13 people and generated an estimated $1,913,720 in annual sales revenue. View additional information about redevelopment economics at Superfund sites.